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Nation (n.) A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock.
Nation (n.) The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own.
Nation (n.) Family; lineage.
Nation (n.) One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
Nation (n.) One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.
Nation (n.) A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.